Refugees, migrants should accept host nation’s laws, Pope says

27 Oct

Their is no reason for immigrants not to respect and adopt the host countries culture, or commit crimes against the host country citizens.  As well, the host country or employers should not abuse the immigrants. Slavery is at an all time high world wide especially in Africa and Asia. To help the common man, woman and families, the Church and free countries should work together to put international pressure on the corrupt governments,  that do not allow their citizens dignity, freedom or free enterprise to provide for themselves and families. 

“In an age of globalization, all people should be recognized as members of “one human family,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

The Pope’s message urged nations to respect the rights of refugees and migrants, especially those who are fleeing from war or persecution. “At the same time,” he said, “states have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own borders.” The Pontiff went on to say that immigrants have “the duty to integrate into the host country, respecting its laws and its national identity.”

The World Day for Migrants and Refugees will be observed on January 16, 2011. The Pope’s message for the occasion was released by the Vatican on October 26.

The Pope’s message sounded several familiar themes, urging governments to recognize the right of migrants to be treated with dignity and respect, and preserved from violence and exploitation. Christian faith, he reminded his readers, requires us to “recognize each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.” Yet his statement was more explicit than other recent Vatican pronouncements in recognizing the right of nations to regulate immigration and the need for immigrants to accept the laws and cultural norms of their host nation.”

Thank you Pope Benedict XVI.


Posted by on October 27, 2010 in illegal immigration


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4 responses to “Refugees, migrants should accept host nation’s laws, Pope says

  1. Bob Beckman

    October 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Am I wrong or does this conflict with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops? It is my understanding that the USCCB has more of an “open border” mentality.

  2. inhisname01

    October 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Remember the official teachings of the Catholic Church comes from the Magisterium(Vatican). The individual Bishops have the duty and responsibility to guide and teach the official Doctrine of the Church with in the Diocese they are in Charge of. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is simply a national committee to decide how Liturgical actions are executed. The USCCB is not a miniMagisterium, it’s supposed to follow the Vatican for official teachings.

    Somehow many of the staff positions have been taken over by liberals and social justice crowd and that’s how statements coming from the USCCB get confused as official Catholic teachings. Many counties have these national committees like the Philippines, Canada, etc.

    • Rebel Dad

      October 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM

      Perfectly worded. Unfortunately, the USCCB has confused many a Catholic by putting socialist’s personal views ahead of Vatican teachings. I thinkg some arrogance is running amuck.

  3. Bob Beckman

    October 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Thank you for opening my eyes.


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